Dressing down discriminatory dress codes

Sexualized and gender-based dress codes are off the menu in Ontario restaurants following Human Rights Commission’s report

Nadia Zaman

This year, on International Women’s Day, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new report, Not on the Menu: Inquiry report on sexual and gender-based dress codes in Ontario’s restaurants. This report outlines findings from an inquiry into dress codes at various Ontario restaurants and commitments made by a number of Ontario restaurant chains to put an end to discriminatory dress codes for restaurant staff — particularly female and transgender workers — and create more inclusive workplaces. The OHRC also released its Policy position on sexualized and gender-specific dress codes.

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